The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Information about Physical Therapist program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill




The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (A4, D5, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 09/28/2004
Address:   Division of Physical Therapy
Department of Allied Health Sciences
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB# 7135
Bondurant Hall, Suite 3000
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7135
Phone:   (919)966-4708
Fax:   (919)966-3678
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Rick Segal, PT, PhD
Professor and Director
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (very high research activity)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, September 1958 (no longer offered) Master's degree, May 1995
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2007
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Physical Therapy
The goal of the program is to prepare generalist physical therapists to meet the unique needs of North Carolina in a changing health care environment. Graduates of the MPT program have the option of continuing on for the DPT degree. Nineteen faculty members support the 2-year curriculum designed around a health care process model. Students enroll in the fall and graduate in early August. Approximately 20 hours per week of lecture and laboratory classes are supplemented with optional opportunities to explore individual educational goals by participation with faculty in clinical practice or research. All students enroll in one elective and complete a collaborative research project with student colleagues and faculty.
Clinical education experiences are scheduled during the spring semester of the first year for 6 weeks during one of the summer terms at the end of the first year, for 6 weeks during the spring semester of the second year, and for 13 weeks during the summer term at the end of the second year. A variety of clinical settings and geographic locations, primarily in North Carolina and the southeast, are available
There are 16 full-time and three part-time faculty members. Fourteen of the full-time faculty members hold doctoral degrees, three are certified as clinical specialists, and seven are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has contributed 41 publications to peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:2.
Twenty-four students are accepted for enrollment each fall.
Qualified applicants must have a baccalaureate degree and a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Graduate Record Exam scores must also be submitted with the application. Prerequisite courses include chemistry, physiology, anatomy, physics, psychology, biology, statistics, and human growth and development. Information regarding specific course requirements can be obtained by contacting the program. Applications are accepted until November 1, and interviews are conducted in February. Applicants are notified of admission decisions in April. Applicants should have a sufficient knowledge of the profession to make an informed career choice. Applicants are encouraged to visit with physical therapists in a variety of practice environments and clinical specialties. Preference is given to North Carolina residents.
The following data are based on three-year averages: 26% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program; 94% of admitted students graduate; 100% of graduates pass the licensure exam; and 100% of graduates who seek practice opportunities are practicing at six months.
The estimated total cost of the PT program for the 2004-2005 school year, including tuition/fees, books/supplies, living expenses, travel, and miscellaneous/personal is $25,306.54 for in-state and $59,336.62 for out-of-state students. The base tuition/fees cost per semester for in-state students is $3,573.01 and for out-of-state students is $10.197.01. A faculty member for the program acts as the Coordinator of Financial Aid and assists students in identifying the most appropriate financial aid options. Interested students should contact the University Financial Aid Office at 919/962-8396.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is located within 8 miles of Durham and 25 miles of Raleigh. The community offers many options for housing. Opportunities are available able for general entertainment, cultural events, and recreation. Students take advantage of the proximity of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the beaches of the Outer Banks. The University has one of the most successful intercollegiate athletic programs in the country, and many students take advantage of the intramural athletic program. The area is served by the Raleigh-Durham International Airport and an excellent public transportation system.